• * A legal writing program that starts in the first year and continues through the upper level courses.
  • * A clinical program that entitles every student to the opportunity to represent a live client.
  • * A unique law firm program that allows students to engage in simulated cases and transactions in specific practice areas.



  • * Committed to developing lawyers who serve the public good
  • * Committed to serving the Detroit community
  • * Founded on Jesuit and Mercy principles of service and the success of each individual

Study Internationally

Study Internationally

  • * Dual degree program with the University of Windsor
  • * Extensive international law and comparative law courses
  • * Established relationship with Universite d"Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France



  • * Downtown Detroit Location provides proximity to courts and employers
  • * Strong Alumni Network dedicated to supporting UDM graduates
  • * ability to pursue a concentration in Immigration Law

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Bar study loans are private alternative loans through a bank or other lending agency.  These loans are designed to assist students to cover costs of bar exam fees, bar review courses, travel to the location of the bar exam, and living expenses while studying for the bar exam.

Being private loans, each bar loan will have its own terms. Lenders will evaluate a student’s application based on the student’s credit rating and other criteria.  Most if not all of these loans will have a variable interest rate with no cap on the interest amount; a limited number of years for repayment with few or no deferment or forbearance provisions; and no cancellation for death or disability.  Bar loans may also have an origination fee which is deducted from the proceeds when a student receives a disbursement and/or a fee that is added to the loan balance at repayment.  Bar loans are not federal loans nor are they federally guaranteed, which means that there are no special programs like income-based repayment or loan forgiveness, and few if any options for consolidation or interest-rate reductions.

Most lenders require a credit score of at least 650 to 700 to approve a student’s bar loan application.  Lenders are generally more concerned about a student’s payment history than debt-to-income ratio as lenders are aware that most students are not working full time while in school.  However, there are lenders that will not lend to students with total debt over certain limits. 

Students who do not qualify for a bar loan on their own may be able to apply for funds with a co-signer.  This will usually result in the student being charged the highest interest rate and fees at which the lender will still fund loans.  Students who do qualify on their own might want to ask the lender if they could receive better terms (interest rates and fees) with a creditworthy co-signer. 

Bar loans generally have a lifetime maximum limit of $10,000 to $15,000.  Most lenders will not accept an application from a student who has already obtained a bar loan from another lender.

Some lenders will allow a student to borrow a loan but receive funds in up to four disbursements in order to meet the student’s needs without accruing interest on the undisbursed amounts of the loan.  This saves the student money and gives the student the opportunity to delay, reduce or cancel later disbursements without penalty if those funds are not needed.

Students who need assistance with the costs of registering for the bar exam would be better to request a re-evaluation of their federal loans once they have documented the cost and the registration.  Federal loans may be awarded for the first bar exam fees only.  Generally the loan that the student receives is the Federal Graduate PLUS loan. 

Just a note about interest rates—

A Bar or other private alternative student loan will almost universally carry a variable interest rate that is based on two parts:  a standard index, such as Prime Rate or LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate), which are rates at which banks can borrow; plus a margin which allows the lender to make a profit. The standard indices are now at extremely low levels—LIBOR under .6 percent and Prime around 3.25%.  Because these are so low and banks are much more risk-averse since 2008, interest rates are similar to those from 2008 or earlier – or between about 7.5 and 14%.  This means the margins have increased significantly since 2008 when LIBOR was running around 4.5% to 5% and Prime was around 7-8%.  Should Prime and LIBOR increase significantly, so will the interest rate on these student loans and there is no “cap” or limit on the interest rate or the monthly payment amount the bank charges based upon their formula.  Thus, a student who signs a promissory note specifying an interest rate of LIBOR plus 7% may have a 7.5% interest rate now, but if LIBOR returns to pre-2008 rates, a student could easily have a 12% interest rate in a few years. It is important that students read all the terms and conditions on the promissory note before accepting funds from the lender as origination fees may still be charged on loans that are disbursed and then returned.

University of Detroit Mercy does not have a preferred lender list for Bar Loan lenders so students may want to do an internet search of banks and other lenders that provide these loans.


Reception at the State Bar of MI Annual Meeting in Novi - State Bar of Michigan

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a cocktail reception for UDM Law alumni, State Bar dignitaries, members of the judiciary, faculty, and students at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Michigan at the Hyatt Place Hotel - Hyatt Cafe in Novi on Thursday, October 8, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  She will make remarks at 5:15 p.m.
State Bar Annual Meeting Reception Invitation>>

Meet the Judges Reception - Atrium

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Meet judges of the federal and state courts during a casual reception in the UDM Law atrium and café on Thursday, October 15.  The schedule for the evening  is:  registration from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.; welcome remarks 6:00 - 6:10 p.m.; group photo 6:10 - 6:15 p.m.; network and meet the judges 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. UDM Law is co-sponsoring this event with the Catholic Lawyers Society of Detroit; Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers; and the Polish American Lawyers Society.
Meet the Judges Invitation>>
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Law Review Symposium on the Great Lakes - Room 226

Friday, October 16, 2015 - 9:30 am

The UDM Law Review will host a symposium entitled, "The Public Trust Doctrine:  An Ancient Tool for Protecting the Great Lakes from New Hazards," on Friday, October 16, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. in room 226.  Topics include, "A Proper Framework for the Public Trust Doctrine and the Great Lakes," and "Trails and Microplastics:  New Developments."  The symposium is complimentary but advance registration is required.

Law Review Symposium Invitation>>

Reunion for All Law Alumni - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 7:00 pm

The School of Law's annual Reunion will be held on Saturday, October 24, from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at the School's Riverfront Campus.  As part of the festivities, we will celebrate the the 50th anniversary of our clinical program; selection of Hon. Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr. as UDM's 2015 Alumni Award recipient and Richard T. Krisciunas as the 2015 Time and Talent Award recipient; and the special anniversaries of the classes of 1965, 1990, and 2005.  The Reunion is for all School of Law alumni.  Additional details may be found on the Reunion website.


November 14, 2015: Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 9:00 am

Find out why men and women have been choosing UDM Law for over 100 years for their legal education.  Learn how UDM Law not only teaches you the law, but teaches you how to be a lawyer.  Through your education here, you will become a lawyer who makes a difference in your workplace and your community.  

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the campus and speak with admissions representatives, faculty, and current students.  

January 7, 2016: Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 5:30 pm

Find out why men and women have been choosing UDM Law for over 100 years for their legal education.  Learn how UDM Law not only teaches you the law, but teaches you how to be a lawyer.  Through your education here, you will become a lawyer who makes a difference in your workplace and your community.  

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the campus and speak with admissions representatives, faculty, and current students.  


  • Professor Richard Broughton discusses gun control on WDET radio today

    Catch UDM Law Professor Richard Broughton with Detroit Free Press editor Stephen Henderson this morning on WDET's "Detroit Today." The subject is "Gun Control in America" from 9:00 - 9:40 a.m., and they will take phone calls. It will re-run again from 7:00 -7:40 p.m. this evening on WDET 101.3-FM. LISTEN NOW


    The legal community came together to celebrate UDM Law's 103rd annual Red Mass on September 29.  Judges, attorneys, civic leaders, faculty, and law students of all faiths filled Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church to pray together at the beginning of the new judicial term. View Red Mass Photos>>  Read More>>



    Professor Alex Vernon represented the Immigration Law Clinic in participating in "Become a Citizen Day" hosted by the Chaldean Community Foundation and the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit on Saturday, September 19, in Sterling Heights. Attorneys and volunteers from these organizations and other firms assisted permanent residents in applying for citizenship. This was part of a nation-wide effort coordinated by organizations including the American Immigration Lawyers Association.



    Four UDM Law students will compete in the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Michigan's 16th Annual National Trial Advocacy Competition in Lansing on October 9-11, 2015. The prosecution team will be led by Scott Ruark and Nina Paolini-Lotarski, and the defense team members are Hannah Treppa and Patrina Bergamo.



    UDM Law will offer new programming this fall to meet the needs of its entrepreneurial-minded students and graduates interested in developing their own law practices. Eight different free workshops have been scheduled for September 23 to November 18 at the School of Law campus, exploring the practical implications of developing a solo or small firm practice, and some will also be available for online viewing. The School was awarded a $30,000 grant from the DeWitt C. Holbrook Memorial Fund to fund and expand its Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program to add these workshops through a new Center for Solo and Small Firm Practice.

    Register for Workshops>>

    Press Release>>


    In the Fall 2015 issue of Conversations, a semi-annual magazine published by the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education, alumnus Allen Elzerman '03 praises UDM Law's commitment to social and criminal justice.  In his article, "On Loan to the Poor," Elzerman discusses how he personifies that commitment through his work as a public defender and how his sense of fulfillment is more important than financial gain.

    On Loan to the Poor, Conversations magazine, Issue 48 - Fall 2015 (written by Allen Elzerman '03)